The arrival of awards season means we can count on at least one uplifting film based on a true story, and this year Hidden Figures is poised to fill that role with the story of three African-American women who worked in NASA’s space program during the 1960s.
Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson portrays Katherine Johnson, a uniquely gifted mathematician who – along with colleagues Dorothy Vaughan (Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Grammy nominee Janelle Monáe) – helped the United States achieve one of its biggest successes by launching astronaut John Glen into orbit, despite the frequent obstacles presented by their gender and race.
Check out the latest trailer for Hidden Figures below.
In addition to its three leading ladies, Hidden Figures also boasts an impressive collection of supporting players that includes Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Aldis Hodge, Mahershala Ali, and Glen Powell. This looks like precisely the sort of inspirational and optimistic film we need for the holiday season, and I can’t wait to check it out.
Hidden Figures will open in select theaters on December 25, with a wide release scheduled for January 6, 2017.
Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.